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Southeastern baseball snaps 4-game losing streak against Tulane

Source: Michael DeMocker, | Times-Picayune Source: Michael DeMocker, | Times-Picayune

Southeastern and Tulane entered Wednesday night's matchup with identical 4-3 records and expectations of making the NCAA Tournament but it was the Lions who took the first step in elevating themselves with a 13-4 win over the Wave.

SLU dropped all three contests last year and it cost them when it came time to decide postseason berths. Coach Matt Riser talked before the matchup about how important it could be down the road. "I think that was one of the reasons we didn't get in and they got the at-large, they took the series from us- swept us. We had two tough losses to them late, they did a good job staying resilient and getting their wins. Their conference is such a tough conference, those are two big reasons they got in over us."

Riser's squad looked destined for another close game tied 1-1 in the fifth inning but the Lions scored 10 runs in their next two at-bats to build an 11-1 lead and never look back. Senior Pat Cashman started for the Lions and last 6.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on just five hits, while striking out eight. Carson Crites paced the Lions, going 3-for-4 at the plate, including a home run that sparked an 8-run 6th inning.

Tulane ended up using six pitchers on the night after Ross Massey exited after five innings pitched. Grant Witherspoon was a bright spot on offense, going 3-for-3 with a run and RBI.

The Lions are back in action Friday at the Keith Leclair Classic in Greenville, North Carolina, facing 16th-ranked East Carolina. Tulane will play host to Pepperdine to start the weekend.

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